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Carrie Motamedi
carrie@techshop.ws
(415) 244-2204

TechShop Members, Partners Gear Up to Make the Bay Area Maker Faire Scene
From puppets to underwater robots and 3D printers, TechShop member inventions bring the maker spirit to world’s largest DIY festival
MENLO PARK, Calif. , May 16, 2013 -- TechShop, a membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio, will be front, right, left and center at the eighth annual Bay Area Maker Faire that will be held at the San Mateo Event Center on May 18-19, 2013. The TechShop booth in the Expo Hall (#119/218) will feature demos and hands-on activities.

Called the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, Maker Faire is the largest annual DIY festival and the biggest gathering of makers in the world. The event will also abound with exhibits by TechShop partners, such as Ford and Autodesk®, as well as feature a sampling of TechShop member creations and inventions including puppets, open source underwater robots, 3D printers, high tech art, and more.

"TechShop's mission is to engage, enable and empower everyone to build their dreams,” said Jim Newton, TechShop founder. “To see the TechShop footprint expanding across Maker Faire, we can’t help but feel proud of our creative community for the tireless efforts they put into building their dreams and successfully launching and propelling businesses.”

The DIY workshop's booth is located across from Autodesk’s in Expo Hall. Between TechShop and its members and partners, attendees will find something for every interest, whether it’s to learn about 3D printing or design software at the Autodesk station, watch fun demos like the mini SumoBot ring, or check out the laser cutters and other core equipment and software available at TechShop. Attendees will also be able to sign up for TechShop classes and take advantage of new membership and class package offers that include special deals for families.

Featured TechShop Members and Partners at Maker Faire

Members:

  • Hugalopes, Jazz Tigan & Criz Perea: These modular plush toys have interchangeable parts and can be configured in countless ways. They convert to fuzzy monster hats and include a unique puppet feature. You can find them at booth #3201 (in "The Yard").
  • OpenROV, David Lang and Eric Stackpole: OpenROV is an open-source underwater robot. It also involves a community of people who are working together to create more accessible, affordable, and awesome tools for underwater exploration. Co-founder David Lang will be speaking on the topic, “Zero to Maker: Advice for New Makers,” on May 19.
  • The Dream Series, Durell Coleman: The Dream Series is a set of limited edition, laser engraved wall maps for dreamers. Each map is engraved and cut from acrylic glass and hand assembled to perfection.
  • Type A Machines: Type A Machines aims to bring better desktop 3D printers within everyone’s reach. Type A Machines has focused on designing and building the easiest-to-use and most reliable desktop 3D printers such as its Series 1 3D printer.

Partners:

  • Autodesk (Goldsmith Sponsor in Expo Hall):The TechShop and Autodesk collaboration enables all TechShop members to learn how to use the Autodesk® products, including Autodesk® Product Design Suite along with the free*  Autodesk 123D® family of apps. Autodesk helps people imagine, design and create a better world. Everyone, from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists, uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. Autodesk President and CEO, Carl Bass, will be speaking on the topic, “CAD for Kids,” on May 18.
  • Ford (Silversmith Sponsor): Ford will be announcing dates for OpenXC Challenges at all TechShop locations. OpenXC platform is the first open source automotive platform that allows drivers to develop apps for their automobiles.

Maker Faire Specials
TechShop will be offering special packages for families based on new, lower age limits for kids. Deals include three-, six- and twelve-month packages with membership, classes and guest passes. Now families can make more together and save up to 45% off retail prices. You can find all of the promotions at https://secure.techshop.ws/memberships.cfm?step=select_offer.

Upcoming Events
Bay Area TechShop locations will be hosting post-Maker Faire Open Houses the following Saturdays from 11AM-5PM for anyone whose interest is sparked at Maker Faire and wants to find out more about TechShop and what it offers.

  • Saturday, May 25th: TechShop San Francisco
  • Saturday, June 1st: TechShop San Jose
  • Saturday, June 8th: TechShop Menlo Park

*Free products are subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license and services agreement that accompanies the software.

Autodesk and 123D are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product and services offerings, and specifications and pricing at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document. 

© 2013 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.

About TechShop, Inc.
Founded in October 2006, TechShop is a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio providing access to a vibrant community of creative people and more than $1 million worth of high quality machines, tools and software. TechShop offers classes, workshops, instruction and meet-ups for people of all ages and skill levels. TechShop is based in San Jose, Calif., with locations nationwide.

For information and course listings, visit www.techshop.com, email info@techshop.com or call 855-TECHSHOP. You can follow TechShop on Twitter at "@TechShop." TechShop is also on Facebook as "TechShop Incorporated."

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